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Gaze finds NBL spending rumours comical

AAP logoAAP 2/11/2016 Adrian Warren

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Sydney coach Andrew Gaze has dismissed criticism that the Kings are trying to buy their way to an NBL title.

Since the season started, Sydney have added former NBA players Josh Powell and Steve Blake to an already-strong roster which also includes two-time league MVP Kevin Lisch and fellow Australian star Brad Newley.

"Everyone is playing by the same rules, everyone is out there trying to recruit the best players they possibly can," said first-year coach Gaze, who has the Kings sitting atop the ladder with five wins from their first six matches.

"One thing I have learnt in my short time here is that the speculation and the lack of knowledge of what people are getting paid and the rumours that go around is quite comical.

'We would certainly be one of the teams that are at the top end of spending.

"But I don't think we're doing any more than a couple of others."

The NBL have lifted the salary cap this year from a 'hard cap' of $1 million to a 'soft cap' of $1.1 million.P

Teams may exceed the soft cap provided that they pay a salary equalisation subsidy.

It's not against the rules to pay players whatever you want,'" Gaze said.

"But I don't think we're in that extreme category where we might be facing some prospects of, depending on the end numbers, being involved in having to pay some taxes.

"But I dare say that a few other clubs either are, or they are not telling the truth."

The Kings have played four of their first six matches at home.

Three of their next four are on the road in an eight-day spell, starting with a trip to Cairns on Saturday.

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